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Black assailant knocks white man to ground, shouts, ‘This is for Malcolm X, cracker!’

Obama built that.

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From the NY Post: The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a possible anti-white bias attack in Brooklyn — the second in a week.

A 51-year-old man walking along Nostrand Avenue near Glenwood Road in Flatbush was forcefully knocked to the ground by a 6-foot-1 black man around 3:40 p.m. Monday, police sources said. The victim told investigators that the assailant shouted, “This is for Malcolm X, cracker!” as he fell to the ground, sources said.

The man suffered pain in his neck, back and left shoulder, but refused medical attention at the scene.

Police are also investigating another possible bias attack on Sunday involving a man who allegedly sucker-punched straphanger Randy Aveille, 44, at the Church Avenue subway station at 9:45 p.m. Feb. 5 and spewed racial hatred at him. Cops released surveillance video of Aveille’s attacker on Wednesday in hopes of tracking him down. Authorities are investigating whether the attacks are related, sources said.

Victim Randy Aveille

Victim Randy Aveille

Aveille told The Post on Sunday that he had just gotten off the subway with his girlfriend and was headed to the steps when a man came from behind and began pummeling him in his face. “I was blindsided by a guy who started hitting my face,” Aveille said. “I was walking, and as I was approaching the steps, somebody came from behind me.” He said his fiancée heard the man say, “Watch who you look at!”

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Because he’s done so well? De Blasio is ready to give himself a nice fat raise

Only in government: Reward a judge who went soft on cop-hating thugs, let school kids get away with bad behaviors by giving them a “warning card“, an increase of homelessness under your watch, and voters disapprove of your handling of just about everything. Give yourself a raise!

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The good mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, is backing a plan to give hefty pay hikes to the city’s elected officials — including himself — but with the catch that council members go full-time and give up their lucrative “lulu” bonuses. The plan was recommended by a special three-member committee which de Blasio empaneled last fall.

According to the New York Post, the mayor’s salary will jump 15 percent, from $225,000 to $258,750. But here’s your incentive New Yorkers to no re-elect him: de Blasio said he would not accept the raise unless elected to a second term in two years.

City council members will get a 23 percent boost from $112,500 to $138,315. But in return, legislators with outside jobs would have to give them up. Bonuses of $8,000 to $20,000 for chairing committees, known as “lulus,” will be eliminated.

The commission also recommended bumping up salaries 12 percent for borough presidents to $179,200 yearly, district attorneys to $212,800, and the public advocate to $184,800. The city comptroller will get a 13 percent hike in pay from $185,000 to $209,050.

And to make this all look legitimate, the higher salaries must still be formally approved by both the mayor and council. I wish I could have a job where I formally approve my own raise!

Read the full story here.

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Democrat convicted of taking $5M in bribes and kickbacks

A career politician finally got stopped.

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Silver is not such a powerful “amigo” anymore…

Sheldon Silver (democrat), considered one of the most powerful politicians in New York, was convicted Monday for taking bribes and lying about it. Silver is a career politician who has served the public since 1977.

Fox News reported that a Manhattan federal court jury returned the verdict after a three-week trial in which prosecutors claimed that the 71-year-old Democrat repeatedly promised the favors to enrich himself. The defense countered that the government was trying to criminalize the longtime routines of politics in Albany.

The government had argued that the trial testimony of 25 witnesses and lots of documents proved Silver traded his office for riches. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Goldstein told jurors they had to convict Silver if they found money played a role in his decisions.

“There are four million reasons why you know that money played a part,” said Goldstein, noting the amount of money the government says Silver earned from kickbacks from a cancer researcher and real estate developers. Prosecutors say he earned a million dollars more through investments.

Goldstein told jurors to reject the defense contention that Silver was just practicing politics as usual. “This was bribery. This was extortion. This was corruption,” Goldstein said.

Silver’s defense attorney, Steven Molo, said his client fought bribery and extortion charges because he knew he was not guilty. “He knows he did not commit a crime,” Molo said. “There was no quid quo pro. He did not sell his office.”

Silver did not testify. Among witnesses called by the government was Dr. Robert Taub, who said he steered numerous clients with cancer caused by asbestos to Silver’s law firm, enabling the legislator to pocket $3 million in referral fees. Meanwhile, testimony and evidence revealed, Silver caused $500,000 in taxpayer funds to go to Taub’s research projects and helped his son and daughter get a job and an internship. Prosecutors said Silver also delivered tax-abatement and rent-control legislation that favored developers while some of New York’s biggest developers hired a small law firm that secretly sent $700,000 in fees to the ex-speaker.

Silver, who gave up his speaker position but retained his assembly seat after his January arrest, has been on trial simultaneously with state Sen. Dean Skelos (republican) and his son on charges that the senator badgered companies reliant upon his legislative provide over $300,000 to his son.

The "three amigos"...

The “three amigos”…

The two were among a group dubbed the “three men in a room” in Albany, a nod to the longstanding practice of legislative leaders and the governor negotiating key bills behind closed doors. Silver’s arrest came the day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to Skelos, Silver and himself as the “three amigos” during his budget presentation.

Silver is not a fan of the Second Amendment (shocker, not). As Guns.com reported last January after his arrest, Silver had largely charted the course of legislation in the lower chamber of the New York state legislature for the past two decades. This included introducing the controversial gun control measure, the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE) of 2013, to the Assembly and helping to rush it through in record time.

This law was passed in the middle of the night under a “message of necessity”, bypassing the state’s three-day required review period and was signed into law by Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo on the next day. Cuomo described the law as the “toughest” gun control law in the United States.

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It takes more than 14 minutes to get an ambulance in the Bronx

As if I needed another reason to avoid New York.

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

NY Post: If you’re really sick, avoid The Bronx. City EMTs and paramedics took almost 15 minutes to get to Bronx patients who called 911 this year — four minutes longer than it took in Staten Island, according to city data analyzed by The Post.

And despite 21,764 fewer medical emergencies in the city — and the de Blasio administration’s pledge in February to speed up response times — the citywide average so far this year has been 12 minutes, 23 seconds, or 37 seconds slower than it was in the first eight months of 2014.

In The Bronx, ambulances arrived at emergencies in an average of 14 minutes, 29 seconds, according to city 911 data. Staten Islanders, by comparison, waited 10 minutes, 26 seconds for an ambulance.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

“The lack of EMS services is dangerous and puts countless lives at risk,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens), who demanded more ambulance tours. “If you live in The Bronx, these numbers say your life is just not as important, which is unacceptable.”

The average response times so far this year were 11 minutes, 36 seconds in Brooklyn; 11 minutes, 38 seconds in Queens; and 12 minutes, 8 seconds in Manhattan.

Last winter, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who oversees the Emergency Medical Service, blamed frequent snow and ice for sluggish response times and promised the City Council in February that he would speed up the average response by 20 seconds in 2015. In the same month, Mayor de Blasio pledged to spend $18 million to hire 149 new EMS dispatchers and add 54 ambulance tours with an emphasis on improving Bronx medical care.

But response times have only gotten slower.

Bronx EMS workers arrived at emergencies an average of 40 seconds slower in the first eight months of the year compared with the same period in 2014, even though medics and EMTs handled 2 percent fewer cases. EMS took 1 minute, 4 seconds longer to get to emergencies in Manhattan, even though there were 2,818 fewer incidents to treat.

FDNY officials would not address the slower response times but said an additional 45 ambulances tours will help. They noted that for life-threatening emergencies, the average response time in The Bronx was 7 minutes, 51 seconds.

But that figure comes with a caveat, because the FDNY measures the time from when an EMS dispatcher receives a call to when a unit arrives on the scene. City 911 records calculate response times differently — from the moment the 911 call is made to when a unit arrives. By that measure, life-threatening emergencies in The Bronx took much longer to get to — 9 minutes, 53 seconds.

By either calculation method, the average response time in The Bronx for life-threatening calls was slower this year than last, a Post analysis of the data found.

A rapid EMS response significantly increases a patient’s chance of survival. Brain death can occur in four to six minutes in respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest and overdose cases. “When you overdose, you stop breathing,” an EMS source said. “What makes a world of difference whether you live or die is how quickly I can get to you.”

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De Blasio aide blames Bloomberg for growing number of homeless New Yorkers

Shocker, neither commie wants to man up to this mess.

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NY Daily News: It’s not his fault. The de Blasio administration, which has been under fire for the growing number of homeless New Yorkers, is pushing back and blaming former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

One of Mayor de Blasio’s top aides took to Twitter Tuesday to point out the city’s shelter population exploded under Bloomberg. “Who was mayor during time when NYC homeless numbered 25,000 in 2002 and jumped to 53,000 by 2013. Not @BilldeBlasio,” press secretary Karen Hinton tweeted.

Her comment came hours after MSNBC host Joe Scarborough ripped de Blasio on air for 10 minutes, saying his “misguided liberalism” is contributing to the homelessness crisis.

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“There are a lot of liberal New Yorkers that are sick and tired of this happening with de Blasio,” Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida who lives in New Canaan, Conn., ranted. “He can run a social experiment somewhere else, he can go to Philadelphia if he wants to run it.”

“Talk from pundits is cheap,” Hinton said. She said in the “face of past deep cuts to successful programs,” de Blasio has offered more support services and more care for the mentally ill homeless and increased affordable housing.

The number of people living in city shelters is close to 57,000, down from a historic high of 59,068 in February — which was a 10% jump from the number of people who lived in shelters when de Blasio took office in January 2014.

Numbers spiked after the city eliminated the Advantage Program, which gave rent subsidies up to $1,000 a month to select homeless families, following state budget cuts in 2011.

Bloomberg said on the radio that year that the program might have encouraged people to become homeless. “One theory is that some people have been coming into the homeless system, the shelter system, in order to qualify for a program that helps you move out of the homeless system,” he said.

Mary Brosnahan, of Coalition for the Homeless, said Bloomberg’s policies have contributed greatly to the uptick in homelessness in recent years. “He never really believed housing was the solution,” she said. “It was always, ‘Get a job.’ ”

A spokesman for Bloomberg declined comment.

On Monday, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani told NBC New York that he recently filed a complaint about a homeless man on his block. He said as mayor his policy was to “chase ’em, and they either get the treatment that they need or you chase ‘em out of the city,” he said.

His comments angered Brosnahan. “Asking Giuliani for advice on homelessness is like asking Bill Cosby to pour your wife a drink,” she said.

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Court Rules Pro-Life Views Are “Patently Offensive,” Bans Choose Life License Plates in New York

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Life News: A federal appeals court has issued a ruling banning Choose Life license plates in New York state and claimed in its decision that pro-life views are “patently offensive.” The court issued ruling in The Children First Foundation v. Fiala,  which rejects a pro-adoption group’s application to sponsor a “Choose Life” specialty plate with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.

The appeals court ruling overturned a lower court decision upholding the right of drivers in New York to purchase the pro-life plates.

As the Daily Caller reports:

A new decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals holds that New York’s state government has the right to ban “Choose Life” license plates on the grounds that such a statement is “patently offensive.”

The dispute stems from a now-suspended program offered by New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) which allowed private organizations to create custom license plates. If drivers purchased the plates, the purchasing price was split between the DMV and the non-profit.

The Children First Foundation (CFF), an organization promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion, submitted a design for a “Choose Life” license plate, which featured a drawing of two children’s faces in front of a yellow sun.

The proposed plate was rejected, with the DMV citing a policy that allows it to ban “patently offensive” plates in order to prevent incidents of road rageThe “patently offensive” category in U.S. speech is typically related to public obscenity laws, and allows for limitations on things like the public display of pornography or other materials that blatantly violate community standards.

Judge Rosemary Pooler, a Clinton appointee, agreed with New York’s position in her majority opinion. She took this view even though she also ruled that license plates are private speech subject to First Amendment protections. Despite these protections, however, she said that so many New Yorkers could find a plate advocating an anti-abortion position “patently offensive” that the DMV was justified in suppressing the speech.

In a strong dissent, Judge Debra Ann Livingston said the court was essentially granting the New York DMV the right to suppress any viewpoints it did not like.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco decried the decision.

“Pro-adoption organizations should have the same speech rights as any other organization. While the district court affirmed this basic freedom, the circuit court denied free speech in favor of government censorship. The state doesn’t have the authority to target The Children First Foundation specialty plates for censorship based on its life-affirming viewpoint. The state has wrongly gotten away with speech discrimination against our client for more than 10 years. We will review our legal options.

The battle to allow motorists to purchase Choose Life license plates has been going on in the Empire State for years.

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed the lawsuit on behalf of The Children First Foundation in 2004 against state officials who denied its attempt to allow motorists to purchase Choose Life license plates. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles rejected CFF’s design in August 2002 — considering it “too political and controversial” to approve. The organization redesigned the plate, adding the group’s web site to it to better explain its purpose, and the DMV rejected it again.

The state dismissed the attempt to create the plate and said it was rejected in order “to avoid any appearance of governmental support for either side in the divisive national abortion debate.”

Saying its free speech rights were denied, Children First filed suit with assistance from Alliance Defense Fund attorneys and, in January 2005, a federal judge ruled it had sufficiently argued its First Amendment rights would be violated.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s second attempt to ban the plates and allowed the lawsuit to move forward. The DMV eventually suspended review of specialty plates — a move that Elizabeth Rex, president of the Children First Foundation, says was done specifically to block the Choose Life plate.

Guess which license plates the New York DMV does sell that could be labeled “patently offensive”?

National Police Defense Foundation

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Copshot

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War on Terror Veteran

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Guess the state is ok with the appearance of governmental support for these divisive national debates.

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Senior aide to the wife of Bill de Blasio dating a convicted killer and drug trafficker

Noerdlinger and McFarlan

Noerdlinger and McFarlan

DailyMail: Chief of staff to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife has been dating a convicted killer who has publicly denounced police officers as “pigs” it was revealed Thursday. Rachel Noerdlinger has been in a serious romantic relationship with ex-convict Hassaun McFarlan, 36, since 2010.

This past January, she joined Mayor de Blasio’s team, and in her capacity as aide to First Lady Chirlane McCray she has been allowed to attend high-level NYPD meetings.

Hassaun McFarlan’s criminal record, first brought to light by DNAInfo, goes back to his first arrest at age 15 for shooting to death an older boy in a dispute over a goose-down jacket in Harlem.

Most recently, he got in trouble with the law last year when he nearly ran over a New Jersey state police officer while driving his girlfriend’s Mercedes-Benz, according to court records obtained by the news site. Two of McFarlan’s five arrests on charges ranging from driving on a suspended license to drug trafficking took place while he was dating Noerdlinger.

de Blasio, Noerdlinger, and Sharpton

de Blasio, Noerdlinger, and Sharpton

The 43-year-old chief of staff got her start as a publicist representing attorney Johnnie Cochran and prominent civil rights leader race baiter Rev Al Sharpton, who later hired her as a public relations adviser for his organization the National Action Network.

All the while, Noerdlinger’s live-in boyfriend has been raving against police officers on social media. In one post, which has since been removed along with McFarlan’s Facebook account, he reportedly wrote, “I can’t come outside without the pigs f***ing with me in the hood.”

When asked whether the bombshell revelations concerning Noerdlinger’s personal life might result in her dismissal, de Blasio’s spokeswoman Rebecca Katz stated to the New York Post: “Rachel’s mot going anywhere.” Katz however, pointed out that “no one at the city hall condones criminal behavior or disparagement of the NYPD, including Rachel.”

The spokeswoman went on to say that Ms. Noerdlinger, a single mother of one, was “a strong and independent woman” whose core values and beliefs are in line with the de Blasio administration.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, however, expressed concern regarding Noerdlinger’s access to sensitive police information and called into question the aide’s judgment. “It raises serious questions about her judgment and character and the quality of the counsel she provides to City Hall” he told the Post. “She should not be in that position.”

Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, who represents Hassaun McFarlan and Rachel Noerdlinger, hit out at her critics saying that she performs her duties as chief of staff without any input from her boyfriend. “To her credit, she’s a loyal woman and a strong woman and she would not put her career ahead of people she cares about,” said Lichtman.

McFarlan, the song of a drug dealer from Harlem, has been arrested at least five times since 1993, when he shot dead Kenneth Carter, 18, over a jacket at a housing project. He pleased guilty to a manslaughter charge and spent the next seven years in prison.

In 2003, McFarlan ran afoul of the law a second time after he was busted as part of an interstate crack trafficking ring. McFarlan ended up behind bars yet again, this time in Massachusetts, after pleading guilty to a slew of drug charges. He was released in 2007.

Since then, McFarlan has been arrested at least three times for vehicular violations and marijuana possession; last November, he came close to mowing down a police officer responding to an accident. Through it all, McFarlan has been a vehement critic of law enforcement, referring to officers as “pigs” and criticizing the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

In January 2012, McFarlan was apparently furious after reading a story about a police officer in Staten island who pleaded guilty to arresting an innocent black man on trumped up charges. “The system sucks this pig should be charged with a civil rights violation,” he wrote at the time in a post, which has since been deleted.

Noerdlinger, Sharpton, McCray, and de Blasio

Noerdlinger, Sharpton, McCray, and de Blasio

Al Sharpton cautiously has come to Rachel Noerdlinger’s defense, telling the New York Daily News that she should not have to answer for her boyfriend’s past actions.

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